Manchester United manager demands Martial improvement
Jose Mourinho wants more from French forward who has only impressed in fits and starts
January 26th, 2017
Manchester United go into Thursday’s EFL Cup semi-final second leg match at Hull with a 2-0 advantage, with Jose Mourinho looking for his team to seal the deal and book their place in the Wembley final against Southampton.
It remains to be seen whether Anthony Martial will play a part at the KCom Stadium although he’s had his starkest warning yet when it comes to raising performance level in order to remain in the team.
At time, the Frenchman has looked unplayable in a United shirt although Martial has been erratic since arriving at Old Trafford and Mourinho feels as though the player needs to justify why the club laid out £36 million to sign him.
“I don’t think he lost his focus,” said Mourinho. “I just think he didn’t catch with both hands a big opportunity he had. When we spoke about Memphis Depay [leaving United] we spoke about it being the only position where we have an over-booking of players.
“We have still five players for this position. I cannot give one player chances to play and kill the others. To kill the others, I think I already did that with Memphis by considering him the last option and by not giving him any option. But with the other guys I think you would be asking me why Mata is not playing or why Marcus Rashford doesn’t have a chance, or why Jesse Lingard, a national team player, is not playing.
“We have Rashford, Lingard, Mata, Mkhitaryan and Martial, and I cannot give the same player chance after chance after chance and not consider the effort of the others.
“Anthony played against Liverpool, a big match for us and a big match for him, too. Then the next game I went to Mata and Mkhitaryan. This is the situation.”